about

Charley Frances is a public artist living and working out of Cleveland, Ohio.

Community Focused Public Art

Her public installations focus on collaboration. With a process of creating artwork in partnership, Charley Frances designs site-specific public works to help inspire interaction within a community.

Studio Work

Within her studio work she heavily focuses on mental health. Her emotionally layered portraits utilize both representational and abstract elements to capture a fleeting likeness: a snapshot into one movement and one moment of the mind and body.

Public Art Project Management

In addition to her custom installations, Charley Frances specializes in helping private and government partners manage public art projects from start to finish.

  • Design strategy
  • Artist outreach & review
  • Community engagement sessions
  • Site selection & timeline creation
  • Installation & execution management
  • Maintenance planning
  • Impact and promotion

 

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Public Art

2019

NEON District Mural | Norfolk, VA
September 2019
Commissioned by the Downtown Norfolk Council to design and execute “When Chameleons Roller Skate”, a 45 ft. x 15 ft. mural in the NEON Arts district of Norfolk, VA. << Learn More >>

ArtWorks Mural Teaching Artist | Cincinnati, OH
June 17 – Aug 9, 2019
Joined the Cincinnati ArtWorks staff during the summer of 2019 as a Mural Teaching Artist for the implementation of a 90 ft. x 45 ft. mural. Designed by Saya Woolfalk, over the course of 8 weeks from June 17 – August 9, 2019 a team of 3 teaching artists and 17 local youth apprentices from all different school districts brought this mural to life. << Learn More >>

2018

Punch Bowl Social CLE Interior Murals | Cleveland, OH
November 2018
Commissioned by Punch Bowl Social Brand Services based out of Denver, CO to design and execute two bathroom wall murals at the Cleveland Punch Bowl location. Inspired by Nordic fairy tales, Tyr and the Wolf & Katie Woodencloak, worked with the Punch Bowl interior designers on character design and composition as part of a larger Nordic-themed mini-golf renovation.<< Learn More >>

Euclid Community Mural | Euclid, OH
September 2018
Lead artist for Euclid, Ohio’s first painted mural in a “paint by numbers” style — with a strong focus on including the public throughout the process on this 96 ft. long design.<< Learn More >>

Rooms to Let | Cleveland, OH
Installation Launch: July 28-29, 2018
Transforming vacant houses in Cleveland, OH set for demolition into walkable pieces of art. Collaborative public art project: Creating temporary beauty where destruction is inevitable. << Learn More >>

Mural Arts Career Development Program Certification | Toronto, Canada
May 1- July 3, 2018
Selected as a member of the 2018 Mural Arts Career Development Program, class of 25 participants. Operated by Mural Routes in Toronto, Canada– First American to be accepted into and graduate this comprehensive mural training and certification program for emerging artists and public art project managers. << Learn More >>

Rainbow Tunnel Mural Restoration | Toronto, Canada
June 16, 2018
Collaborator with the Mural Routes team of artists on a full day restoration of the Rainbow Tunnel located within Moccasin Trail Park in Toronto, Canada. << Learn More >>

2017

The Deadline Project | Cleveland, OH
Collaborative public art project with various artists: Installing artwork within abandoned phone booths throughout Cleveland city limits. Offering small, accessible public art spaces throughout the city to everyone/ anyone that may not otherwise have an opportunity to display their artwork. << Learn More >>

Mural Completion: Roofing Material Wholesalers | Cleveland, OH
20ft x 12ft Mural
Completed: December, 2017

Phone Booth Gallery | “Crayola”  |  Cleveland, OH
October 2, 2017- March 18, 2018 Installation
Press: Cleveland.com

Education

2018 Mural Arts Career Development Certificate Program Graduate | Toronto, CA
2012 B.A. Marketing | Cleveland State University | Cleveland, OH